The Illinois Republican had announced in August he would not seek re-election in 2008, but said he planned to finish his current term, which ends in January 2009. Republican aides, speaking on background only because Hastert had not yet publicly announced his new plans, said he now intends to leave office late this year or early next year.
What’s really funny is that Hastert’s the 13th Republican to announce his resignation in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Congressional outcast Larry Craig refuses to quit. More proof that the GOP’s backwards.